Bedroom Mission #2: A Happy Closet!

Filed under: Bedrooms,Monthly Missions — Colleen at 8:11 am on Thursday, March 12, 2009

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Are you making the most of your closet space? This week, we’ll wrestle with what you’ve been hiding in your bedroom closets and maximize this prime real estate space.

Closets have limited space. Yet we frequently tend to use closets to store our denial, regret, or guilt.

1. Denial. Yes, there was a time that you looked awesome in those pants. But that was before you had your 2 children and during a time when they were in style. Let them go! Yes, you can hope that you’ll be that size again, but why make yourself stare at your old sizes every time you open the closet. Get rid of anything that doesn’t fit and isn’t likely to be fashionable the next time you can squeeze into them. It’s okay to keep some smaller classics, but box them up and put them into long term storage for now.

2. Guilt. Okay, so somebody gave you that blouse as a gift. You didn’t like it when you opened it up, and you sure don’t like it hanging in your closet. What were they thinking? When they purchased the shirt with all that “bling”, did they think you dressed like that or did they think that you should? It’s time to get rid of those things that just aren’t “you” to make room for your flattering favorites.

3. Regret. The outfit wasn’t on sale when you bought it, but you just had to have it. After wearing it once, you realize it’s not as flattering as in the store, and you have pictures to confirm it. You don’t want to wear it again, but you know you haven’t gotten your money’s worth. Admit the mistake now, part with the purchase, and commit to being a more conscientious shopper in the future.

After disposing your denial, guilt, and regret, start organizing what remains. Here are some tips:

  • Put like items together.
  • If you’re short on space, pack up your seasonal clothing for long term storage and start breaking out some of your fall collection.
  • Get rid of stained and damaged clothing or make the necessary repairs.
  • Use your highest shelves to house infrequently used items.
  • Consider adding a second clothing rod to double your hanging storage.
  • Be creative! Over the door shoe clear organizers are great for your child’s closet. Use them to store socks, stockings, hair accessories, scarves, and of course, shoes.
  • Make sure everything you’re storing really “belongs” in a bedroom closet. Maybe you could find the item a better home in another room!

See how many of your bedroom closets you can organize this week!

Overwhelmed by this project? Set Me Free! offers hands-on help.

Are you motivated by this mission or have a great organizing idea that works for you? Leave a comment to inspire others!

3 Comments »

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Comment by Louise

September 12, 2006 @ 4:29 pm

This is very relevant to my current situation. I’m trying to get my house ready to put on the market and the realtor mentioned that weeding out the closets is a good idea. Do you have any ideas for linen closets?

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Comment by Betty

September 12, 2006 @ 5:03 pm

My husband and I live in a 100 year old home, so you can forget about closet space in our house. For the first few months we lived in our home, we had a clothing rack in spare bedroom for all of my husband’s suits and hang-up clothes. It was unsightly and took up so much space that we had to find some alternative. Colleen suggested we add a second rod to our closet, and it doubled our closet space! Now all our clothes fit in our bedroom. I love this tip — it gave us our spare bedroom back!

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Comment by Colleen

September 13, 2006 @ 9:49 am

Thanks Louise and Betty!
In response to Louise’s question. Be sure to check out my suggestions for linen closets at http://setmefreeonline.com/?p=62 .
Selling a home is a great time to declutter. Decluttering makes your house look and feel bigger and makes it easier to sell!

Happy Organizing!

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